Mother Faces Trial in Meth-Laced Pregnancy, Breast Milk Death

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In the news: A Humboldt County judge ordered a 26-year-old Loleta woman to stand trial for the November 21, 2010 death of her 6-week-old son. Why? Keep reading.

Superior Court Judge Marilyn Miles ruled that "prosecutors had sufficient evidence to charge Maggie Jean Wortman with manslaughter and child endangerment." The Times-Standard in Eureka reported that "Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin is considering filing an additional charge of either voluntary manslaughter or second-degree murder."

The authorities allege the baby, Michael Acosta III, "died of methamphetamine toxicity after being exposed both in utero and through contaminated breast milk," the Associated Press reported. The screenings ordered after the baby's death came back positive for methamphetamine, which had authorities test Wortman's 19-month-old daughter who also tested positive. She's now in protective custody.

"Wortman allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine once while pregnant with Michael and has reportedly confessed to using the drug during her pregnancy and after his birth," the Times Standard reported. She tested positive again while she was out on bail. Because of her drug usage, she's now being held without bail in the Humboldt County jail.

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